Category: Dunwoody Reporter

Dunwoody’s ‘Everything Will Be OK’ yard-sign fundraiser expands nationwide

The program to support artists through the pandemic shutdowns by selling yard signs of Dunwoody’s iconic “Everything Will Be OK” mural is expanding nationwide and already has sales from as far away as Michigan and Arizona, according to organizers. The effort has raised $40,000 since its March 22 launch, according to Lorna Sherwinter, president of the public-art nonprofit CREATE Dunwoody. Her group is organizing the effort along with the Spruill Center for the Arts and Custom Signs Today. “Create Dunwoody is excited to grow this campaign nationwide and continue to care for the artists who so enrich our lives...

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Gov. Kemp to issue statewide shelter-in-place order, close schools through current year

Gov. Brian Kemp will issue a statewide shelter-in-place order and order public schools to remain closed through the end of the school year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, he announced April 1 in a televised press conference. The shelter-in-place order will run April 3 through 13, Kemp said. He said details are in the works and will be announced April 2. Kemp had been under political pressure to issue such an order, including from some local cities. Controversy arose when his chief of staff recently blasted such orders as an “overreach.” Kemp previously ordered schools to remain closed...

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Atlanta Police report four members with COVID-19; other local departments report none

The Atlanta Police Department reported four officers or staff members diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus disease as of March 27. Meanwhile, other local police departments report no cases on their forces so far. APD’s first known COVID-19 case was an officer who worked at police headquarters downtown. APD is declining to say where the other affected employees worked, citing privacy. APD’s ability to police the city is not affected, the department says. The Brookhaven and Dunwoody police departments have not had any officers tested for or diagnosed with COVID-19, according to spokespeople. Sandy Springs Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Salvador...

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Rabid raccoon found on Brookhaven/Chamblee border

A rabid raccoon was found March 28 in the area of Gainsborough Drive and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road on the Brookhaven/Chamblee border, according to DeKalb County. The area where the raccoon was found is about a quarter-mile from Dunwoody’s Georgetown neighborhood as well. Rabies is a fatal viral disease spread through saliva, typically by animal bites. Animals can be infected at any time of year. Residents should make sure pets are up to date for preventative vaccination and should eliminate outdoor feeding stations and access to garbage cans, DeKalb County said in a press release. Anyone who has been bitten or...

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Local police departments field complaints about pandemic emergency order violations

Local police departments have begun fielding complaints about violations of pandemic emergency orders. Most say they have not issued citations yet. People gathering in parks in violation of social-distancing orders have been a common concern in Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, say police officials. Maj. Andrew Senzer, the commander of Buckhead’s Zone 2 Atlanta Police Department precinct, did not respond to questions about citations, but circulated an email March 25 about the issue in parks. “As I drove around today, I observed that many of the parks and recreational facilities had fairly robust crowds, including individuals playing tennis,” Senzer...

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‘Overreach’ or ‘action’?: The politics of local shelter-in-place orders

The shelter-in-place and business closure orders issued by local cities in response to the coronavirus pandemic are increasingly politicized along familiar Georgia lines: rural/urban, Democratic/Republican and state/local. Some local cities and Democratic state legislators have been pushing Republican Gov. Brian Kemp to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order. Kemp has issued some broad orders — including a statewide shuttering of bars and nightclubs — but otherwise declined, saying it should be up to local control. But his chief of staff ignited controversy by blasting such orders on social media as “overreacting” by governments with “judgment clouded by power” — comments...

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Jewish HomeLife copes with more COVID-19 cases in senior residences

Jewish HomeLife is coping with more cases of COVID-19 in two of its senior residences, including six staff members at Dunwoody’s Berman Commons and an already isolated resident at Buckhead’s Jewish Tower. The Buckhead-based nonprofit is also seeking donations for more protective supplies for staff and residents. Spokesperson Shari Bayer said that Jewish HomeLife is likely not the only senior living operator in the area that faces COVID-19 cases, but is being especially transparent about it by immediately issuing letters to residents and families that circulate widely. The nonprofit is taking various precautions, including testing of staff and residents...

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Letter: What one family has learned from the pandemic isolation

Our refrigerator died during the first week of the COVID-19 quarantine. You know, the refrigerator holding our double amount of groceries for our family of six. We have a small extra refrigerator in our garage which we transferred items to, but, true story, my daughter and son, being ever so helpful at the ages of 9 and 7, bumped into each other while transferring frozen blueberries and a glass jar of Frank’s RedHot Sauce. Glass shattered, the hot sauce made the scene more horrific than it actually was (thankfully no one was injured and certainly no blood to be...

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Dunwoody council ratifies mayor’s shelter-in-place order

The Dunwoody City Council has ratified Mayor Lynn Deutsch’s shelter-in-place order, ordering residents to stay home through April 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The order has been in effect since midnight on March 28. The decision was made at a March 30 virtual council meeting. The order follows similar but varied orders from Gov. Brian Kemp; DeKalb County; and the cities of Atlanta and Brookhaven. “I want to thank our residents for really doing a tremendous job of trying to socially distance I know this is really hard stuff,” Deutsch said at the meeting. “We get back...

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DeKalb Board of Education District 1 candidates discuss priorities in virtual forum

With the DeKalb County Board of Education District 1 seat election around the corner, one candidate is focused on accountability and another is focused on interpersonal relationships with other board members in the district. The Dunwoody Homeowners Association on March 29 held a virtual forum for the District 1 election, which is scheduled for May 19. The District 1 seat includes voters from Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville. Adrienne Duncan, president of the association, moderated the forum with the two candidates, Andrew Ziffer and Anna Hill. The full forum can be viewed on the association’s website, here. “I have...

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What your local ‘stay at home’ orders say

All Reporter Newspapers communities are under some form of “stay at home” or “shelter in place” order due to the coronavirus pandemic, and most are under at least two with differing details. Click your areas below for details about the orders that apply to you. Meanwhile, the gist is likely more important than details: Only go out if you need to, and stay at least 6 feet away from anyone else when you do. And if you’re sick, don’t go out until you’re well. State of Georgia (soon to to be much broader, according to Gov. Brian Kemp) DeKalb...

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Dunwoody City Council to meet about shelter-in-place order

The Dunwoody City Council will consider Mayor Lynn Deutsch’s recent shelter-in-place order at a special called meeting March 30. The possible ratification of the shelter-in-place provision, which is a revision of previous emergency orders, was the only item on the agenda as of March 29. The meeting will be held via teleconference at 5 p.m. The public can join by visiting zoom.us/j/904310931 or on iPhone one-tap at 19292056099,...

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